Stolen vehicle driver arrested after police pursuit in Gladstone
A person driving a reportedly stolen vehicle sideswiped a pickup truck and struck an Oregon City officer's squad car after eluding arrest on Wednesday, Oregon State Police said.
Robert Joseph Young, 29, of Milwaukie, was arrested for attempting to elude, reckless endangering, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and failure to perform duties of driver. The 2017 black Audi SUV was reported stolen out of Wilsonville. No one was injured.
OSP said the incident began around 3:50 p.m. when an Oregon City officer attempted to stop Young for not stopping at a red light on 14th Street. Young, according to OSP, then took off, going northbound on Highway 99E to Gladstone.
During the chase, Young sideswiped a white pickup truck in the southbound lanes. Young then made a U-turn at Abernethy Lane and Portland Avenue before hitting an Oregon City squad car seconds later.
Young and his passenger, Michelle Renee Crane, 36, of Clackamas, abandoned the Audi at Roethe Road and Oakhurst Court before they were detained without incident nearby along the 5600 block of Byron Drive in Oak Grove. Crane was detained at the scene and then released, while Young was being held in the Clackamas County Jail on $35,000 bail.
Young has a lengthy criminal history including two felony and four misdemeanor convictions. Since 2008, he has been convicted of battery, assault, driving under the influence, disorderly conduct, domestic violence and drug possession.
OSP said this is an ongoing investigation. If you have a tip, you can call 503-655-8211 and leave a message for lead investigator OCPD Officer Brian Willard.
Clackamas Review/Oregon City News Editor Raymond Rendleman contributed to this report.